Helen Kay

Dr Helen Kay

Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Inclusivity


I have a wide range of experience in pedagogic development and educational change. This draws on over thirty years of experience of teaching, curriculum development, course leadership, institutional research and supporting academic and curriculum innovation and leadership. My practice is research informed and underpinned by a wealth of experience in evaluating the implementation of educational practices and providing an understanding of how students engage with and experience teaching and learning. I have had a pivotal role in the development of equality and diversity and widening participation policy and strategy at Sheffield Hallam. I continue to lead on the development and implementation of inclusive teaching and learning policy and practice. I completed my first degree in Geology at Oxford Polytechnic and initially worked in research and development in the steel casting industry. I subsequently joined the Super Clean Steel Research Group at Sheffield City Polytechnic and obtained a PhD in Chemical Metallurgy in 1996. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Journal articles

Quinlan, K.M., Thomas, D.S.P., Hayton, A., Astley, J., Blackwood, L., Daramy, F.K., ... West, D. (2024). Promoting students’ interest through culturally sensitive curricula in higher education. Higher Education. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-023-01172-z

Madriaga, M., Hanson, K., Kay, H., & Walker, A. (2011). Marking-out normalcy and disability in higher education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32 (6), 901-920. http://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2011.596380

Madriaga, M., Hanson, K., Heaton, C., Kay, H., Newitt, S., & Walker, A. (2010). Confronting similar challenges? : disabled and non‐disabled students’ learning and assessment experiences. Studies in Higher Education, 35 (6), 647-658. http://doi.org/10.1080/03075070903222633

Tett, L., Munn, P., Blair, A., Kay, H., Martin, I., Martin, J., & Ranson, S. (2001). Collaboration between schools and community education agencies in tackling social exclusion. Research Papers in Education, 16 (1), 3-21. http://doi.org/10.1080/02671520122163

Martin, J., Tett, L., & Kay, H. (1999). Developing collaborative partnerships: Limits and possibilities for schools, parents and community education. International Studies in Sociology of Education, 9 (1), 59-75. http://doi.org/10.1080/09620219900200035

Book chapters

Riddell, S. (n.d.). Education, Social Justice and Inter-Agency Working. Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203471975

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